Like a firmament

Like a firmament, devoid of edge or centre,
Meditate on vastness and infinity.
To understand the innate truth,
Unite skill and wisdom.

Like the sun and moon in all their glory,
Mediate clearly without darkness,
Knowing that all beings are your parents,
Love and show compassion to them.

Use the ocean as a parable,
Meditate without drowsiness or distraction.
To see the self-mind,
You should follow straight the gurus’ words.
Like this great Earth
Meditate with unshaken firmness.
To make yourself a vessel of the Dharma
Meditate beyond all words.

— Milarepa

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Question: ‘I’m trying very hard in my practice but don’t seem to be getting anywhere.’

Answer: ‘This is very important. Don’t try to get anywhere in the practice. The very desire to be free or to be enlightened will be the desire that prevents your freedom.

— The Venerable Ajahn Chah